I live in the South, Mississippi to be accurate, and Alabama the sister state to my state has some disturbing stats for our region…..
The correlation between the two programs is not necessarily meaningful, other than to illustrate that any state having to give more food assistance to adults — justifiably or not — than education assistance to children should perhaps at least consider the reasons why.
Alabama is actually one of 27 states around the country in which the number of SNAP enrollees outpaces public school enrollment, and nationally the number of enrollees for the two programs is roughly the same.
Unsurprisingly, “States with higher poverty rates tend to have higher ratios of SNAP-to-schoolkids,” writes the Washington Post’s Philip Bump.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, between the years of 2009 and 2013, an average of 18.6 percent of Alabama’s roughly 4.8 million population was living below the poverty line. That makes Alabama the sixth poorest state in the nation per capita over that time period.
But while there are undoubtedly many Alabamians in need who are helped by the SNAP program, fraud and abuse have also been found to be widespread.
The Alabama Department of Human Resources issues more than $109 million in benefits every year, and recovered $4.5 million dollars in food stamp fraud in 2013 alone.
In an effort to cut down on fraud an abuse, the Alabama Legislature in 2014 pushed through a package of bills that drastically reformed the state’s taxpayer-funded public assistance programs.
Do not know about you….but this is just a damn shame…….your ass backwards neo-liberal policies are the blame. This country will NEVER obtain its true calling as long as stats like these persist…..IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT? No need to answer that was rhetorical…..your actions say it all!
Keep on this path and we will truly slide down the scale of “First World”……
Tomorrow all of America will go to the polls………and that includes the lucky residents of my state….Mississippi.
This video would be humorous if it were not so damn accurate!
My readers know that I have been pretty tough on the voters of my state…..that because they will vote against their best interests the state is in a perpetual state of sadness……..the voters do not vote top make the state better but instead to keep the state down……to the point of sad economy…..massive poverty…..terrible health care……poor education and massive poverty….but yet they will not vote to make things better
So you ask……just what are the voters like?
Glad you asked….this is your typical Mississippi voter……
Perfect example of what conservative policies will do for you….Mississippi is a prime example of what conservative policies can do to a state. After saw the vid I felt compelled to apologize for the morons……
A change of pace today…….
Everybody should be proud of their state when it reaches the top of the lists that tell the tale of what it is like to live in that state…….unfortunately Mississippi is NOT one of those states.
It is my state and I have been writing about the damage that conserv politics has done to the state…..even under a Democratic governor and legislature…….for many long decades the voters of Mississippi have bought into the conserv talking point of small government and lower taxes and the world will be a brighter place…….
After decades of these failed policies Mississippi is number 1 in diabetes, obesity, poverty, etc…..and number 50 in things like education, health care, etc……and the voters keep believing that these lower taxes and small government will change things……..the only change it has brought about is the Mississippi is at the top of another list…….dependent on the federal government for its existence……..
- Return on Taxpayer Investment: $3.07
- Funding as Percentage of Revenue: 45.8 percent
- Federal Employees Per Capita: 8.67
Along with its neighbors Louisiana and Alabama, Mississippi is heavily assisted with federal dollars. So much so, that WalletHub’s calculations place them at the top of the list for the most dependent on Washington for subsistence. Mississippi suffers from some serious socio-economic issues, including having the highest poverty rate and one of the lowest income rates in the country.
These are issues that have plagued the state for a long time, and there doesn’t appear to be any hope for change in the near future. There are a few things that capture federal funding that add to the state’s total, including several military bases, but the major issue appears to be the lack of jobs and opportunity suffered by the state’s citizens.
This is what I am always going on about…..Mississippi depends heavily on the Fed government for ots existence and yet the voters want to destroy the “Big Government” in DC…….at what point do these morons realize they would be cutting off their nose in spite of their face?
First let me answer the question……unequivocally………..YES!
The South is a hot bed of conservative politics….well that is not accurate…..it is hot bed of Tea Party politics……and for decades I have wondered just what they were doing…they seem to vote to screw themselves and then continue to screw themselves…..I have asked where is the rationale?
I read this piece and thought that it would explain it situation a bit………
Is the South Dragging the Rest of the Nation Down? | Alternet.
Ever have one of those days where the chaos around you keeps you from focusing? That is my day!
Today I am pressing articles that I have found and well I am too lazy to turn them into a post (honesty)…..there has been a wealth of accusations of the different GOP organizations that are trying to pick their voters and gerrymandering has been one of the tools used to gain unfair advantage at the polls……
Florida was recently told to redraw their maps….and this is what they came up with in their attempt….
Florida Replaces Gerrymandered Congressional Maps With Nearly Identical Gerrymandered Maps | ThinkProgress.
And the courts in Florida accepted the re-draw…….go figure.
All eyes are on Ferguson, Missouri……..the daily news is not too good…….protestors are being bold and SWAT is being vicious…… since the shooting death of Mike Brown the police in Ferguson have been tight lipped about the series of events that lead to the death of the young man……the collective known as Anonymous have released the police communications call which so far the city has not wanted to release….
So if you are asking how this situation came to this….then you may want to read this…….
(Newser) – St. Louis County police haven’t released audio regarding the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown, but the hacker collective Anonymous took care of that today, reports Mashable. The lengthy file released on YouTube shows the progression of events after an officer shot the unarmed teen in the suburb of Ferguson. As Mother Jones notes, the first hint of trouble comes more than nine minutes into the recording, with the dispatcher making a request for crowd control. But the circumstances were still unclear as to why at that point. Some excerpts, with the bold referring to the time of the audio recording:
- 9:35: “Ferguson is asking for assistance with crowd control …”
- 10:58: “Now they have a large group gathering there, she doesn’t know any further …”
- 11:20: “We just got another call stating it was an officer-involved shooting. … Be advised, this information came from the news ,,,
- 21:55: “They are requesting more cars. Do you want me to send more of your cars?”
- 43:55: “Attention all cars, be advised that in reference to the call 2947 Canfield Drive, we are switching over to the riot channel at this time …”
Police say they are aware of the audio and are investigating how it became public. Anonymous is also trying to identify the officer involved, reports the New York Daily News. Ferguson’s police chief has balked at doing that so far because the six-year veteran has gotten death threats. (The FBI has launched an investigation into the shooting.)
In case you are interested there is a Livestream of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri………
I have one question…..why do cops need camo?
From time to time I will write about situations in my state, Mississippi…….it has always been a poor state and in my opinion it is poor for one reason and one reason only……conservative politics.
Awhile back Mississippians voted down the personhood BS of the GOP….that was a win and then the ultra-conservs set about making it impossible for any abortion clinics to remain open by using a tactic of “emitting privileges”……it worked along with some “standards” that are not required by any other medical clinic….again trying desperately to close the one remaining abortion clinic in the state……but with all this effort by the conservs someone crapped on their parade…….
(Newser) – A law that would have forced the only abortion clinic in Mississippi to close appears doomed after a federal court ruled against it once again. An appeals court panel decided 2-1 that State House Bill 1390, which requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals, would shift Mississippi’s constitutional obligations onto other states by forcing the Jackson clinic to close, CNN reports. “Pre-viability, a woman has the constitutional right to end her pregnancy by abortion,” but the law “effectively extinguishes that right within Mississippi’s borders,” the judges wrote.
The court didn’t strike down the law itself, but “I think the way they ruled on those arguments essentially dooms the law,” a constitutional law expert tells Jackson’s Clarion-Ledger. He describes the ruling as a huge victory for the Jackson clinic, where doctors had been denied admitting privileges by all seven hospitals within a 30-minute drive. Gov. Phil Bryant—who said he wanted the state to be “abortion-free” when he signed the bill into law—says he’s disappointed by the ruling and wants the case to go in front of the entire court instead of a “divided panel of judges.” A similar law goes into effect in Louisiana on Sept. 1, and legal experts believe it won’t face the same issues as the Mississippi law because at least one of the state’s five abortion clinics will be able to remain open, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
But never fear…..the Right is NOT finished…..I am sure they will find yet another BS issue to use to try and close that one remaining clinic…..but for now…..it is a victory for choice.